USDA publishes final BCAP rule

The USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Although the general scope of BCAP is not changing, there are some key changes being made to several components of the program. A public comment period is now open.
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Green Building Standard under consideration to include biomass

The Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, or Standard 189.1, may include a definition of biomass, as well as requirements pertaining to the use of the source in the future.
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PHG Energy lands Tennessee gasification project

PHG Energy and the city of Lebanon, Tennessee, have signed a deal to install a gasification plant at the city's wastewater treatment plant. The project will employ PHGE's downdraft gasification technology.
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Oregon governor considers Clean Fuels Program sunset date bill

Legislation that aims to repeal the Dec. 31, 2015 sunset date of Oregon's Clean Fuels Program has been sent to the governor for consideration. The bill, S.B. 324, was passed by the Oregon House of Representatives on March 4 by a single vote.
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USDA announces $8.7 million BRDI funding opportunity

The USDA announced it is now accepting applications for research and education grants through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Approximately $8.7 million in grants are expected to be awarded through the program.
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REG reports progress with renewable diesel, chemical operations

The Renewable Energy Group Inc. has released 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $1.27 billion, down 15 percent from 2013. Net income was $82.5 million, compared to $186.37 million the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA was $107.8 million in 2014.
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N.D. survey shows support for biomass tax incentives

The North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy has published results of a statewide public opinion survey on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Biomass energy one of the renewable energy types addressed in the survey.
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DOE updates announcement for biomass advisory committee meeting

The U.S. Department of Energy updated its notice for the recently announced meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The meeting will now take place as a webinar on March 5.
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Stobart to supply biomass to 40 MW UK facility

Stobart Group Ltd. recently announced it has signed a 20-year biomass supply agreement with Brite Partnership (North East) Ltd. to provide 260,000 metric tons of fuel annually to a 40 MW bioenergy facility in the U.K.
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Drax acquires Billington Bioenergy

Drax has announced the acquisition of Billington Bioenergy Ltd., the U.K.'s second largest wood pellet distributor. The move signals the power generator's intention to enter the country's growing biomass heat sector.
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NREL refines method to convert lignin to nylon precursor

A new study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory demonstrates the conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid, an important industrial dicarboxylic acid.
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Solazyme highlights algal oil facilities in 2014 results

Solazyme Inc. released its 2014 quarter four and full-year results on Feb. 26, reporting that although 2014 was a challenging year, the company is excited about the opportunities in the coming year.
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Evogene releases 2014 results, offers update of Evofuel business

Evogene Ltd. has released 2014 financial results, reporting revenues of $14.51 million, compared to $17.58 million in 2013. Gross profit was $4.8 million, down from $7.47 million. The company reported a total comprehensive net loss of $14.75 million.
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Stobart highlights biomass growth in 2014 annual report

The Stobart Group has published its 2014 annual report, announcing that its biomass division supplied 900,000 metric tons of biomass last year, up 42 percent from 650,000 metric tons supplied in 2013.
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Miscanthus ethanol increases environmental benefits, profits

A recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover. The fast-growing energy grass miscanthus was the clear winner.
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Total invests in Renmatix, signs joint development agreement

Renmatix has announced an investment by the New Energies Division of Total, and the signing of a joint development agreement. Under the agreement, the companies will utilize Renmatix's Plantrose process with specific feedstocks.
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Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi dead at age 58

Guido Ghisolfi, 58, leader of Mossi & Ghisolfi Group died March 3. "He was suffering from severe depression and yesterday this resulted in his untimely passing close to his home in Tortona, Northern Italy," said a statement from the company.
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GAIN report highlights status of U.K. pellet demand

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Agricultural Information Network focuses on the U.K. wood pellet market. The report estimates the U.K. imported 4.6 million metric oven dried tons of wood pellets last year.
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Global Bioenergies produces isobutene from waste biomass

Global Bioenergies recently announced it has produced second generation isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources. The company originally worked with first-generation feedstocks to develop its process.
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Step change for screening could boost biofuels

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have developed a new way of rapidly screening yeasts that could help produce more sustainable biofuels. The technique could also aid in the search for new ways of deriving valuable renewable chemicals.
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Emergent Technologies Institute breaks ground

Florida Gulf Cost University officials recently held groundbreaking ceremonies for the Emergent Technologies Institute, a new research campus that will team academics and private sector partners to study and incubate renewable energy technology.
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Startup lands grant to advance microbial fuel cell technology

A cleantech startup that has developed a microbial fuel cell capable of cleaning wastewater at breweries and other food and beverage producers while generating electricity has been awarded a $225,000 Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I grant.
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Foresight, UK GIB back 10 MW gasification plant

Foresight Group and the U.K. Green Investment Bank plc have announced an investment in the construction of a new advanced-technology waste-to-energy gasification facility in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.
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UN funds biomass heating projects in Moldova

The United Nations Development Programme has announced the second stage of a project in Moldova that aims to install dozens of biomass heating plants and hundreds of biomass boilers.
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Capstone microturbines to power biogas CHP system

Capstone Turbine Corp. recently announced that it has received an order to upgrade the Irvine Ranch Water District's Michelson Water Recycling Plant in Irvine, California, with five C200 microturbines.
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Metabolic path to improved biofuel production

Researchers with the Energy Biosciences Institute have found a way to increase the production of fuels and other chemicals from biomass fermented by yeast by introducing new metabolic pathways into the yeast.
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Ontario landfill gas project celebrates milestone

Walker Environmental Group's landfill gas utilization partnership company in Thorold, Ontario has eliminated the need for more than 200 meters of natural gas since 2002 by providing landfill gas to nearby Resolute Forest Products.
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OkoFEN introduces prototype cogeneration pellet boiler in Europe

A 5 kWe cogen pellet boiler prototype system, designed and manufactured by OkoFEN, with Qnergy's Stirling engine inside, was introduced to the market at the The World Sustainable Energy Days in Wels, Austria.
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GLBRC files 100th patent application

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy, recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application.
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April 20-22, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
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